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Children's Centres: Closures

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many child care settings provided as part of a Sure Start children's centre have closed in the last 12 months. (289311)

We do not collect this information. Local authorities are responsible for ensuring there is sufficient child care for working parents in their areas. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) will continue to support local authorities to carry out their sufficiency duties to ensure that there is an appropriate range of child care provision that meets the needs of different families in each area. We remain committed to ensuring that high quality child care is available for the most disadvantaged families, and children's centres play a pivotal role in supporting this aim.